Antares

ANTARES 1954 CYRIL PARKER Builder Mc Geady

ANTARES

photos & details from Ken Ricketts & Harold Kidd

Built by Supreme Craft, – (McGeady), – on the corner of Summer St & Ponsonby Rd., Ponsonby, in the 1950s, she is a great example of the McGeady craftsmanship. She originally had a 4 cyl Ford diesel, later replaced with a 100 HP 6 cyl Ford. Her engine installation was done by the late Tracey Nelson, an outstanding marine & automotive engineer of Bell Rd Remuera, as were almost all of the McGeady boats, certainly from the 1940s onwards.

She was originally owned by Cyril Parker a self employed motor engineer, who’s business premises were in Kohimaramara Rd., Kohimaramara.

Apologizes for the quality of the photos, if anyone has better please email the to waitematawoodys@ gmail.com

15-07-2015 Photo below c1986 ex Laurie Webb, when owned by Ron & Shirley Phillips, who owned > c2006

17 thoughts on “Antares

  1. There is a post I sent to Alan, dated 8.11.13 & labelled “UNKOWN MCGEADY”. — After research & cross comparisons, I can confirm that this is also ANTARES, with partially painted coamings, — probably taken in the later 1950s or early 1960s, when still owned by Cyril Parker anyway, because the skipper is wearing the distinctive white peaked cap, that Cyril P. always wore when he was at sea, — refer photo scanned from my 8mm home movies above, when she was nearly new. — KEN RICKETTS

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  2. I have a pic that has just been identified today as ANTARES so will post as soon as scanned. 😃

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  3. Hi Tom, Thank you for your prompt reply. I am youngest daughter of Peter. Will ring tomorrow thank you. 🌺

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  4. Hi Karen, yes I can give you some info, are you peters or Pam’s daughter? Plse ring me, 021972144

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  5. Hi Tom, Mac McGeady was my Grandfather. I’m collating as much info on the McGeady/Supreme Craft boats as I can get and was wondering if you had any info you could send me, any pics, anything on the Aquila, anything really!!!

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  6. Thank you everyone for the information about the Launches my Grandfather Mac McGeady built.😃

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  7. Hi, Mac McGeady did build Antares for himself, and used it many times. As a boy I used to cruise with him and my aunty as did my parents and grandfather. He built Aquila, later, for himself and sold Antares. The Antares that Bill Skelton used in Coastguard was a different vessel, same name, but as I recall, a bridge decker not a sedan top.

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  8. Sorry, I must have expressed myself badly. I had no intention of suggesting that ORANOA was in the McGeady style, which is not the case, just that she has survived.

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  9. Just one further thing, the ORANOA is dramatically different in styling to ANTARES & CARA MIA, & in no way, could be compared to any Mc Geady boat I ever knew, — but still a really lovely boat — not sure about the later added flying bridge however. — Wish I had a pic of her.– KEN R

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  10. Yes,thank you fr that Harold, I have known Oranoa since new, with her 6V71, “puttering” around the place, (if a 6V71 can “putter”) & Linehams owned the Pohutukawa Garage along the road from where i lived at that time. They also had a piano on her, I played a few times — quite a novelty. –A lovely family I knew well. — KEN R

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  11. Morrie Palmer died a year ago, so can’t speak for himself. However, he was a good designer and boatbuilder and built some nice launches in the same general style as McGeady. BUT, both their styles were totally derivative of the styles that appeared in the pages of the US RUDDER and MOTOR BOATING magazines which, between them, were the single most important influence on post 1920 NZ yacht and launch-builders. As well as CARA MIA, Morrie’s ORANOA is still around, built for the Linehams.

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  12. Indeed you could be right, as I recall now, Mac did build her for himself, & Cyril P saw her when new, & pestered Mac to sell her to him, as I recall, which he did almost immediately after she went in the water, — in fact I never saw Mac away in her at all, I don’t think. — Shows how even with doing ones best recall, the memory can still rust up a bit after 60 odd years. I know my dad had intended to have Mac build one he same for him to, but he bought GAY DAWN instead — kEN RICKETTS.

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  13. I took the “marina” pics of ANTARES alongside one of the jetties towards the mouth of the Clevedon River Easter 2010 during the CYA visit to the river. From the APYMBA records it seems that Vernon McGeady built her for himself and sold her to Cyril Parker a little later. Her first call-sign ZMFD was allotted to McGeady. She did a lot of good Coastguard work when owned by Bill Skelton in the 1980s.

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  14. Note the similarities to CARA MIA & ANTARES, — there is little doubt in my mind that CARA MIA was built to a Mc Geady design — KEN RICKETTS

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  15. Harold dou you know where & when the marina pics were taken — she looks wonderfully original — I knew Cyril P. well & saw his boat being built — he criuised with my parents in JULIANA regulary & he would be delighted to see his boat looking so lovely — KEN RICKETTS

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